I just got Batman Begins for Christmas and all I can say is This was definately made for my Direct view tube TV set.
Excellent Color and contrast, and lots of dark scenes with lots of detail and a good storyline and acting to boot, whats not to like.
This joins King Kong, Aeon Flux, and the Polar Express in my small HDDVD Library.
So far King Kong is my fav for it's many varied locals.
Polar Express will not be rated until I see more Animation titles (A weak spot for HDDVD, cause there are so few)
Aeon Flux is super clear and clean, but lacks some variety in the locales and in the ciimate conditions, compared to the other two I listed, too short, too many concrete walls, and too small a budget, but it's still among the top movies in PQ, if you judge PQ by cleaness and clarity, which sometimes is not the directors intent.
I didnt notice the flaws listed above, so you may have gotten a bad disc.
Is there an HDDVD title with better shadow detail and black levels, if so please tell me which one.
This is not a sunny, bright, daytime super hero in colorful costume or with green skin, and it dhould not be penalized because it chooses black and darkness over color and brightness, as it does dark as good as the others do light.
IMHO tier 1 as a minimum and possibly tier o for the reference quality shadow detail and black levels.